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Creativity-Portal.com Multicultural Muses Series
Molly Childers : Muses to Inspire You

Muses to Inspire and Amuse You

Multicultural, Elemental, Modern, and Temperamental

By Molly Anderson-Childers

Like many Americans, my ancestors are a mixed bag: a rag-tag bunch of immigrants, gathered here from all over the globe. Irish, Welsh, and Scottish forebears I can claim, as well as Dutch, French, Cajun, and African ancestors. I lack any real racial identity — I am a potpourri, a crazy quilt, a melting pot in my own lovely body.

This has given me a healthy dose of curiosity about the faces and places outside the United States — cultures that aren't so homogenized, assimilated, pasteurized, and co-opted by huge corporations. I seek something different, something real and true, something raw and wild. Something brand new, or as ancient as old bones.

Muses all over the world have inspired creative souls for generations, since the dawn of humankind. I hope to smuggle them across the borders to inspire artists and writers a little closer to home.

Featured Muses

Elemental & Temperamental Muses

Air: An Ugly Duckling Soaring with Swans
Air is perhaps the most mysterious of the four.

Earth: Creative Bedrock: Standing on Solid Ground
By Molly Anderson-Childers
The importance of allowing your creative work to be the foundation you stand upon.

Water: The Fount of Inspiration: Muses of Water
By Molly Anderson-Childers
Muses and deities associated with the element of water and the creative arts.

Fire: The Fire of Inspiration: Pele
By Molly Anderson-Childers
Pele, the Fiery Mountain Woman of Hawaiian legend, is the perfect Muse to help me invoke the creative, passionate energies of fire.

Interviews with the Nine Modern Day Muses
Jill Badonsky's NMDM are a hip twist on the Nine Muses of Ancient Greece.

How to Be Your Own Best Muse
Don't need no stinkin' muses? Try these 101 ways to delight and inspire yourself.

The Story as Muse
By Molly Anderson-Childers
How can the stories of other writers — true or fictional — inspire and inform our own work?

Fear: Muse and Motivator
By Molly Anderson-Childers
It is time to look coldly and honestly at the things that scare us.

The Chaotic Muse
By Molly Anderson-Childers
There is a common misconception that art arises only from a lofty state of grace, in the rarified air of delight.

Landscape as Muse
By Molly Anderson-Childers
I got the idea for this article in the middle of a wild-assed Colorado hailstorm on a day in July.

Zarpandit, Shining Silver
By Molly Anderson-Childers
Zarpandit, Mesopotamian Creator Goddess, rules the Moon and the Night.

Coming Home
By Molly Anderson-Childers
What exactly is it, this place or concept of home?

A Treatise on the Light: A Return to Joy After Walking the Dark Road Alone
By Molly Anderson-Childers
How is all this possible, such limitless resources of both light and dark, such a mixture?

A Treatise on The Dark: Muse of Shadows
By Molly Anderson-Childers
Answering questions about the dark side of creativity.

The Dancing Stones at Cornwall
By Molly Anderson-Childers
The legends and mysteries surrounding the standing stones and megaliths at Cornwall.

Following La Fauna: A Journey to the Heart
By Molly Anderson-Childers
Fauna, an Earth and fertility goddess from ancient Greece.

Ninsaba's Garden of Dreams and Delights
By Molly Anderson-Childers
A journey through space and time to ancient Sumer to visit Ninsaba, the mysterious Goddess of Creativity, Education, Fate, and Agriculture.

The Dream as Muse: Inspiration at the Stroke of Midnight!
By Molly Anderson-Childers
The symbols, images, people and places found in my dreams are my richest source of inspiration, wisdom, and self-knowledge.

From Sirens to Selkies: Mermaids as Muses | Mermaid's Mirror | Mermaid's Tale
By Molly Anderson-Childers
Sailing the Seven Seas in search of the elusive mermaid, Muse of the Deep.

An Exclusive Interview with My Inner Muse | Part II
By Molly Anderson-Childers
We journey into a strange, savage land, populated by artists everywhere — the creative soul's innermost chamber, secret sanctuary of the Inner Muse.

Seeking the Elusive High Desert Gnome: A Muse Close to Home
By Molly Anderson-Childers
I am no expert on Gnomes, but a few years ago I was able to observe one myself.

Soaring with the Hopi Butterfly Maiden
By Molly Anderson-Childers
Hopi the Butterfly Maiden is a kachina, or nature spirit, of Springtime.

Finding Yemaya: An Adventure At Home
By Molly Anderson-Childers
Yemaya is an ancient African goddess of the sea. Warding off despair with music, ritual, and celebration is her specialty.

Nature as Muse, Healer, and Guide
By Molly Anderson-Childers
Throughout the ages, humankind has been inspired by the natural world.

Leanan Sidhe
By Molly Anderson-Childers
Invoking Leanan Sidhe: Dark Faery Muse of the Emerald Isle.